Many Faces of Community Health 17th Annual Conference

The Many Faces of Community Health 17th Annual Conference is now open. Please join us as we go forward with the conference on August 18-19, 2022.

Registration is now open. Please click here to register.

Check out the session descriptions and speakers. Here.

DON’T FORGET TO SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATION FOR THE MANY FACES OF COMMUNITY HEALTH AWARDS. NOMINATIONS CLOSE MONDAY, JULY 25, 2022
More information about the awards: Here.

Hoping to see everyone at the conference. Thanks for all that you do as CHWs for the communities we serve!

Social Determinants of Health Workshop

June 21st, 2022 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Zoom

The University of Minnesota (U of M) will be hosting a free workshop on Social Determinants of Health and is open to everyone. There will be discussions on social determinants of health and aging, and case studies that connects health and its impacts. The workshop will feature three speakers with relation to public health. Please join us by registering below.

REGISTER HERE

3 CEU credits will be available for Nursing Home Administrators
(LNHA), Assisted Living Directors (LALD), and Social Workers
(SW), and we will provide a certificate of attendance.

Featuring:

Rajean P. Moone, PhD, LNHA/LALD, FGSA (Associate Director of Education – Center for Healthy Aging & Innovation, School of Public Health)

Robbin Frazier (Associate Director of Equity and Community Engagement)

Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD (Director, Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation, School of Public Health)

Monthly Update from the MN CHW Alliance Executive Director: Adrianna Lobitz

I am so excited to be sharing the first monthly blog update from the Alliance’s Executive Director with you. My name is Adri Lobitz- I have been in this role for six months. I am already elated with the growth the Alliance has undergone and the exciting opportunities on the horizon.

Since the beginning of the year, the Alliance has been working hard to advocate and garner support for legislation to be passed that will fortify and grow the CHW field in Minnesota. Passing this legislation will build the capacity of CHWs to address health disparities and Social Determinates of Health, establish awareness of the importance and impact of CHWs, and increase organizational readiness for those who employ CHWs. If you would like to assist in this effort, please reach out to your representative to let them know the importance of CHWs and encourage them to support this funding.

The Alliance continues to host monthly CHW Learning Circle meetings on the first Wednesday of every month and a Supervisor Roundtable every month. If you would like to be added to the email list for either of these events, please reach out to me at adrianna.lobitz@mnchwalliance.org.

Thank you for visiting the Alliance’s website and blog! I hope you have found this site to be a resource on CHWs and a place for connection on our CHW Registry. I am looking forward to continuing to share updates with you and more opportunities to connect with the Alliance.

In community,

Adri

Supervisor RT Date Updates

The Supervisor RT dates for the rest of 2022 are Tuesday, October 18 and Tuesday, December 14. We’re working on a CHW supervisor facilitator for the year and topics for these meetings planned with that facilitator.

Meeting the Challenges of Diabetes: Transforming Food Shelves to Meet Client Needs with SuperShelf

Topic: Minnesota’s SuperShelf partnership is helping to increase access to healthy, appealing, and culturally-connected foods across the state. Learn how food shelves are transforming to meet the food needs and improve the experience of people who are food insecure in Minnesota. This presentation will include an overview of the results of the SuperShelf Evaluation Study (NIH) including the Statewide Food Shelf survey, a unique data set with direct insight from people served by food shelves throughout the state.

Who should attend?
Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, diabetic educators, care coordinators, dietitians, nurses, public health workers, health educators, social workers, therapists, community health workers, those serving people with chronic conditions, and others interested in this topic.
Objectives:
• Discuss how food shelves, pantries and other hunger relief
resources are an important resource for supporting healthy
eating for food insecure people who live with diabetes and
other chronic conditions.
• Increase awareness of Minnesota’s SuperShelf partnership and
methods, and how this approach it is helping to increase access
to healthy, appealing and culturally relevant foods across the state.
• Deepen understanding of the food needs, preferences and health concerns of people who are food insecure
in Minnesota, through the results of the Statewide Food Shelf client survey, a unique data set of perspectives
from food shelf clients.

This webinar is free, but space is limited. Click here to register: https://supershelfwebinar.eventbrite.com

CHW Supervisor Round Table on 7.19.22

Hello CHWs,

On July 19th, Tami Murphy from Extended HR, will join us at the Supervisor Round Table to share strategies for working with Human Resources and answer your questions about classifying Community Health Worker (CHW) positions.

A calendar invite and zoom link will be sent to everyone with more information closer to the date.

Thank you for all you do as CHWs for the communities we serve!

CDC Resources for Community Health Workers

We want to celebrate and recognize community health workers (CHWs) and their role as an essential connector between communities, health care and social systems, and state health departments.

Explore this resource collection and enhance your work.
Be sure to share with colleagues!

Community Health Worker Resources
Lists programs across the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that offer CHW resources.
Community Health Worker Toolkit
Provides online training, lessons learned, and best practices to train and build the capacity of CHWs in their communities.
National Association of Community Health Workers Document Resource Center
Provides CHW leaders, current and potential employers, and payers with a searchable collection of documents on state-level CHW policies.
Engaging Community Health Workers in the Development of a Statewide Infrastructure for Sustainability
Presents a summary report and job aid from a CDC forum on promoting the long-term sustainability and financing of CHWs.

Guides for CHWs to engage people with diabetes and those at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

New Beginnings: A Discussion Guide for Living Well With Diabetes 
2022 update now available

Road to Health Toolkit: How to Prevent or Delay Type 2 Diabetes in Your Community: A Resource for Community Health Workers
Coming soon! Both resources include expanded content and tips for virtual delivery. 

Thank you to all community health workers!
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